• Sport

Nevin to go for Rio gold

Wednesday, 14th November, 2012 3:00pm

Story by Tom Kelly
Jump to comments
Nevin to go for Rio gold

John Joe Nevin going for gold in Rio 2016.

Nevin to go for Rio gold

John Joe Nevin going for gold in Rio 2016.

Olympic silver medalist John Joe Nevin has revealed that the main reason he turned his back on a lucrative professional contract is that he wants to go one better in Rio in 2016.

On October 6 the Mullingar native announced on RTE's Saturday Night Show that he was turning pro and joining Amir Khan's new stable of boxers, however last Tuesday he issued a statement saying that he had had decided to retain his amateur status. He also revealed that he was joining the newly established British Lionhearts team that will compete in the 2013 World Series of Boxing (WSB).

The highly rated bantamweight says that he's remaining amateur because he wants to join Ireland's Olympic gold medal club.

"I decided I'd go professional. But I got a lot of time to think before signing the contract and decided to go back and give it one more go for Rio, and try and take home a gold medal.

"I wanted to go into that membership of Katie Taylor and Michael Carruth of having gold medals. But hopefully I can take it [in Rio] and be in that list."

Keep up-to-date with the latest news from around the county with a Westmeath Examiner epaper subscription from €2.20*

Group Publications

Your Forum
    Cookies on Westmeath Examiner website
    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Westmeath Examiner website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.
    How does Westmeath Examiner use cookies?
    Cookies enable us to identify your device, or you when you have logged in. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience.
    We don't sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
    Hide Message